Avenue

Avenue

Originally published January 2018 (some alterations for clarity have been made) Avenue on St James’s Street has been one of those places I’ve been dining at since it first opened. I was a kid and going regularly for lunch with the family after visiting the RA just up the road on Piccadilly; the Sunday roast…

Whisky Cocktail Cherries

Whisky Cocktail Cherries

I first came across these cherries in my Manhattan at The Savoy Hotel’s legendary American Bar. The cherry was a revelation, I hate the sweetness of those bright red Maraschino Cherries used in most cocktails, so not having one in my Manhattan was a relief. As I bit into the cherry my mouth was flooded…

Bentley's

Bentley's

Bentley’s, the grand-dame of Swallow Street, turned one hundred in September last year. The oyster bar and restaurant is still the place for the well-heeled Londoner and visitors to dine on oysters and seafood while sipping champagne and cocktails. But does it live up to its long-gained reputation (and the prices)? After all, many institutions…

Gauguin Portraits

Gauguin Portraits

The one thing everyone knows about Gauguin and his work, is that he made a number of trips to Tahiti where he produced some of the most beautiful paintings of the day, representing the people of the islands with great care and love. That his love for some of the women of the islands was…

Grouse Soup

Grouse Soup

Game season is one that many of us look forward to with great anticipation every year. But game birds, delicious as they are, have one great problem – much of the meat ends up being left of the bone once carved and consumed. One can’t help but look at the wastage with a heavy heart.…